H&M’s Conscious Foundation, an international nonprofit dedicated to supporting sustainable communities, announced it will give $2.3 million to start a business development program for teenage girls and women in Ethiopia burdened by employment discrimination.

Since I’m half Ethiopian, I’m glad one of my favorite stores keeps committing itself to sustainability initiatives like this one. Partnering with CARE, the foundation will train 5,000 women to start and maintain their own businesses like for daycare or catering and strive for 500 new enterprises with assistance from 50 women-led social services organizations.

Like millions of women around the world, women in Ethiopia usually stay at home and take care of the children without learning or using job skills to make an income and establish confidence. The program will be focused in the capital city of Addis Ababa, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line.

The money for the program came from holiday 2014 gift label sales.

The foundation focuses on empowering women in low-income urban communities where access to clean water and education is a problem. It also supports improving living conditions and protecting natural resources.

Source: Enviro|Nosh
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